Keeping you safe

All on-campus activity will be delivered using all necessary safety measures to keep you and our BCU community safe, including an enhanced cleaning regime and regular testing.

Safety signage on campus

Key points for you to know

  • The safety of the University community is our number one priority.
  • We are providing face coverings and hand sanitiser for use.
  • Wearing face coverings and social distancing while on campus is strongly encouraged.
  • In teaching spaces and the library, students desks will be 1m apart and lecturer lecterns desks will be 2m away from students.
  • You are required to bring any stationery and other educational kit to campus.
  • You will be able to collect home Covid-19 testing kits from campus and you should test twice weekly.

What can I expect?

Your safety is our priority, and all buildings will have safety measures in place in response to COVID-19.  Full information about the safety measures in place, risk assessments and Covid-19 Working Safely BCU Guidance documents can be found on iCity.

You will continue to be provided with face coverings and hand sanitiser, with extra hand sanitiser also placed around buildings. We will also continue the enhanced cleaning regime in all buildings when necessary.  A limited number of spaces will require a face covering to be worn, due to the size and activities within them, but you will be notified of this requirement if this is the case.

In teaching spaces and offices, desks will be set up 1m apart for social distancing, while staff desks in teaching rooms will be 2m away from student desks. 1m social distancing will be maintained in our library spaces.

In social and catering areas on campus, social distancing and face coverings are encouraged, but they are not a requirement for staff and students.

You will need to bring any stationery and other educational kit such as books and clothing to campus, and this should not be shared with others. New Home and EU undergraduate degree students can purchase equipment on the John Smith online store.

Our catering app, Fuel on Campus, will allow you to pre-order refreshments and collect food and drinks to reduce queuing.

Students who come onto campus are currently encouraged to take two rapid Covid-19 tests per week to help prevent asymptomatic transmission. Home testing kits will be available to collect from campus. However, you should be aware that guidance on accessing the testing kits may change during the academic year and you will be notified of changes that may be made.

We also ask that you take a LFD test before your return to University or campus, in order to protect yourself and the rest of our University community.

Any queries?

If you have any queries about our arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year, you can visit our FAQ page for more information or speak to your School Office.

The arrangements that we have introduced for the academic year 2021/22 are necessary in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the associated government guidance, health and safety legislation, the University’s own risk assessment and have been made in accordance with the terms and conditions of the student contract.

If you are a current student or have already accepted a place to study with us, and are unhappy with the arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year there may be options available to you such as transferring to another course, to another provider or deferring your place to study with us. Please contact Student Governance to discuss your individual circumstances further. If you remain dissatisfied, the University’s Student Complaints Procedure can be found here and you should also be aware that students are able to request that the sector ombudsman, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, conducts an independent review of your complaint in certain circumstances (further information can be found here). In addition, you may have rights of redress under consumer protection law.